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Wilde (1997)

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The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Constance Lloyd Wilde
Lady Queensberry
Lady Mount-Temple
Ada Leverson
John Gray
Matthew Mills ...
Lionel Johnson
Jason Morell ...
Ernest Dowson
Charles Gill
Robert Lang ...
C.O. Humphreys
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The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and responsibility with his obsessive love for Lord Alfred Douglas, nicknamed Bosie. After legal action instigated by Bosie's father, the enraged Marquise of Queensberry, Wilde refused to flee the country and was sentenced to two years at hard labor by the courts of an intolerant Victorian society. Written by Peter Samuelson <>

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The story of the first modern man See more »

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Rated R for strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

1 May 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$69,424 (USA) (1 May 1998)


$2,157,701 (USA) (6 November 1998)

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Producer Marc Samuelson, despite acknowledging that Stephen Fry was the perfect choice to play Oscar Wilde, found it difficult to obtain financing due to Fry's lack of star power. See more »


When Oscar is walking through Kensington Gardens, London, (seen as a wooded park) with his wife Constance and their baby in a pram, a part of the sculpture "Physical Energy" was in view. This sculpture of a horse and rider was erected in 1907, however Oscar died in 1900, so this was not possible. See more »


Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas: No gentleman ever has the slightest idea of what his bank balance is.
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Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »

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Almost perfect
3 September 1999 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

This film portrays Oscar Wilde in a totally remarkable way. It should probably have focused more on his writing than on his personal life, but beyond that choice, the film is almost perfect.

When it isn't completely perfect, it has to do with the plot, which has some rather weak points. The love between Wilde and Bosie is somewhat difficult to understand. They are completely different. Maybe opposites attract, but not when two people live in two completely different worlds, like Wilde and Bosie seem to do. Of course, one could look at it from a cynical point of view, and say that they both have what the other one want; Wilde has money and Bosie looks, but one can also look at it in a romantic way, give them the benefit of the doubt, and think that they really are in love. That makes the story nicer (for a while), and much, MUCH more interesting!

Beyond that, I have only positive things to say about "Wilde". The script is fabulous, and adding a double story by putting in one of his nursery stories, was a great move! One of the most best parts of the film, is Wilde's speech in court. Really touching! The ending could easily have become extremely sentimental, but that is cleverly avoided.

Stephen Fry shines as Oscar Wilde. He is so credible, and does his job so well that if I didn't know better, I'd actually think that it really WAS Wilde I saw on the screen. Law and Redgrave also put in top notch performances.

Everyone will probably not appreciate this film as much as I did (it is a matter of whether you can deal with gay sex or not, and like dramas of course), but give it a try! It deserves two hours of your time, and much much more!

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